Thursday, January 07, 2010

Horns Over Tide by 3


TOP RANKED 'TIDE FAVORED
OK, I know the Alabama Crimson Tide is favored over the Texas Longhorns in tonight's national championship game at t
he Rose Bowl. I know the 'Tide has the top defense in the country and the reigning Heisman Trophy winner in running back Mark Ingram. I know that the 'Tide quarterback has NEVER lost a game.... I know all that.


COSTA MESA CONNECTION WITH 'TIDE

I know that Alabama has been domiciled and practiced in Costa Mesa for the past several days while Texas was housed and practiced elsewhere.... I know all that stuff.

LONGHORNS WILL WIN!

All that being said, I think the Longhorns, led by quarterback Colt McCoy, will find a way to win this thing tonight. I think it will be close, but the Longhorns will pull it out, 31-28... Hook 'em, Horns!

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Tuesday, January 05, 2010

STOP THE SALE OF THE FAIRGROUNDS!


OK, folks, now's the time for ACTION!

COSTA MESA LEADERS GAVE IT A GOOD SHOT
The Costa Mesa City Council and staff have given it their best shot. They've made two trips to Sacramento, meeting first with the General Services Department, then last Monday, with Governor Schwarzenegger, to have the sale of the Orange County Fair and Events Center quashed. No luck... Katrina Foley will return to Sacramento again next week to speak in favor of Jose Solorio's AB 1590, to cancel the sale.

BIDS ARE DUE FRIDAY
In the meantime, the clock keeps on ticking... On Friday, January 8th, all bids are due to be submitted to The State. They will be opened on January 14th and the auction to obtain the highest bid will commence.

FAX OR CALL NOW
It's time for each of us to ramp up our efforts on this issue and communicate directly with the governor, requesting him to exercise his power to stop the sale. The best way to do that is by fax to the following number: 916-558-3160. If you choose to call, use: 916-445-2841.

I SENT MY LETTER - TIME FOR YOURS IS NOW
Tonight I sent my letter to the governor, thanking him for taking the time to meet with our leaders on Monday and respectfully requesting him to seriously consider using his authority as the governor to stop the sale of The Fairgrounds. I reminded him of the value of The Fairgrounds to our community and Orange County. I reminded him that it operates with a profit, requiring no state funds to keep it afloat. I reminded him of the overwhelming support being expressed by most Orange County cities and other elected bodies to stop the sale. I also reminded him that the zoning restrictions being placed on that site by the City of Costa Mesa will make it an undesirable location for any serious developer.

THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE!
It's time to let the governor know how you feel. Fax him or call him now. This may be the last chance you have to keep The Fairgrounds from being sold.

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Monday, January 04, 2010

Register Reports On Meeting With Governor

MEETING WITH GOVERNOR NOT ENCOURAGING
Reporter Brian Joseph gives us his take on the meeting this morning by Costa Mesa officials and the governor on the sale of the Orange County Fairgrounds. You can read his complete story HERE.

OUR LEADERS NOT OPTIMISTIC

Several quotes jumped out at me. For example, he
quotes Katrina Foley as saying, "He said they would debate it internally." Allan Mansoor said, "I'm not optimistic that it'll be called off". City Manager Allan Roeder is quoted as saying, "I would say without question it is the most important matter, not only at present, but that has come before our community in many, many, many years."

LEECE SHUT OUT

Besides the fact that our emissaries got luke warm treatment from the governor, I thought it was particularly interesting that he and his staff decided at the last minute to permit only two council members plus City Manager Allan Roeder t
o attend the meeting. That, apparently, left Mayor Pro Tem Wendy Leece out in the cold. And, I suppose, that meant it was not actually an official "council meeting", since there was not a majority present.


AB1590 OUR LAST HOPE

This means that we must now turn up the steam on the efforts to get Jose Solorio's ballot measure passed. I suspect Vern Nelson over on the Orange Juice Blog will ramp up his efforts to contact members of the California legislature to push for the passage of AB1590.

GET MOVIN'...

Time's a wastin', folks... This could all be over in less than two weeks when the bids submitted to the state are opened.

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New Year - Same Old "Neighbor"

HUMMING THE JEOPARDY! THEME...
So, while we're all sitting around, waiting for some word from Sacramento, I offer you a couple random observations about one of Costa Mesa's "mos
t influential" persons - Your Neighbor (The Mouth From Mesa North).

EXPOSING HIMSELF, SO TO SPEAK
As tho
se few of you who read both my blog and his on a regular basis certainly know, The Mouth has recently been exposing the real HIM a little more. No, I don't mean he's been dropping his drawers or anything like that. Nope, it's just that he's been much more overt in his selection of topics he chooses to address.

WHAT IS HE, REALLY?
Yep, our community racist laureate has become a news aggregator over the past several months, choosing to link to national and intern
ational news items rather than offer his normal pithy prejudiced comments on local items. I guess he fancies himself a Matt Drudge wannabe - or maybe his model is the Huffington Post - who knows?

RACISM, PURE AND SIMPLE...

Regardless, he's taken to linking to even more articles with a definite racist bent - linking to articles about crimes committed by blacks or other minoritie
s and NEVER linking to stories about crimes by whites, for example. Of course, I know those of you who read both our blogs are smart enough to see through his not-very-subtle attempts to manipulate your views and to salt your psyche with his racist drivel.

CLIMBING HIS FAMILY TREE
And his const
ant mantra about DNA - it's like a broken record, for goodness sake - it getting mighty old, too. The longer he keeps ranting about purity of races, "blending" and the inferiority of non-whites the more it makes we want to examine HIS family tree. I sure wouldn't be surprised to find a few "twisted branches" on it...

A HYPOCRITE, INDEED...
The man's a hypocrite, too. He makes
claims of having been a Marine, a lawyer, an actor, a Realtor and a writer - even going so far to stand before the City Council and waving his three pathetic books around - yet complains when he gets notoriety. And notorious he is! He's been under scrutiny by the Southern Poverty Law Center for more than a decade when incendiary comments in one of his essays received national attention.

NEW NATION NEWS
Over the years I've written about my observations of his actions and his essays. If you go to the New Nation News website you'll find a listing of hundreds of essa
ys he's written for that publication over the past dozen years or so. You can reach that page HERE. Simply scrolling down that index will give your gag reflex a good test. His most recent contribution to the enlightenment of our society is a little ditty entitled "A New Christmas Dawns". For some historical perspective, try this one - "Ding Dong The Whites Are Dead". He wrote that one way back in 2000 and has kept that drum beat going ever since.

WHY FEW DAILY PILOT ARTICLES?

You don't s
ee as much of his tripe in the Daily Pilot these days as once was the case. I don't know why that is, except to observe that every time there is a change in leadership over at the Pilot his stuff pops up again, then we no longer hear from him. One can always speculate about why, but I sure wouldn't be surprised if the leaders of that fine local newspaper figure him out pretty darn quickly and decide that he's not worth the grief. The threats of legal action he's thrown at them in the past are probably pretty off-putting, don't you think?

BOUNCED FROM THE DP 103

After three years running, the editors of the Daily Pilot had the wisdom to no longer show him in their roster of the 103 most influential people/things - the DP 103. When I nominated him for consideration before his first selection I did
so with strong mixed feelings. He certainly did fit their definition - influential - and there was no proviso for negative influence being excluded. I've regretted my nomination ever since because it only emboldened him.

ALLEGED MENSA MEMBER CAN'T COUNT

And, I've noticed that, despite his claims of Mensa membership, large numbers seem to cause him a problem. He ended the year by publishing #1007 in his series of CM Press posts, which is actually a little misleading, because he goes back during the day and adds comments frequently. Anyhow, earlier this year he kept getting confused and used the same numbers a couple of times. So, beginning the first of this year he, literally, went back to square one and began numbering his posts with #1. I think he's good-to-go until later this month, when he will run out of fingers and toes to count. If he makes it through that milestone, the first of February is certainly going to give him trouble. And, my goodne
ss, what will he do in 2012, when we have a leap year? Quick, somebody send him an abacus, please!

WHY BOTHER?

Why do I bother commenting on this guy, you ask? Well, I've written about that many times in the past. I think he is an insidious influence on our city - a man who tries to infect our society locally and nationally with his own particular brand of racism. I think he's influenced many people in our city, including a flock of our most recent elected leaders, and I don't think that's good for our city. I think he's like a virus in our community that has taken hold in the malleable skulls of some local residents and, for more than a decade, has been chewing away at the very soul of our city.


HE'LL RANT - I'LL OBSERVE AND REBUT

So, as Your Neighbor continues his campaign to spread intolerance in our little part of the worl
d I'll continue to observe and comment on it - to offer a counterpoint to his views.



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Sunday, January 03, 2010

January Weirdness

JANUARY HAS BEEN WEIRD...
January seems to be a month full of strangeness for the Costa Mesa City Council. You will recall, for example, that the whole Benito Acosta affair took place during the first meeting of January four years ago. The lawsuits as a result of that event were finally resolved last month.



DOUBL
E YOUR FUN
This month the first two business days of the year will involve two separate City Council meetings.

SPECIAL MEETING IN SACRAMENTO ON FAIRGROUNDS SALE

The first, on Monday, January 4th, will take place in Sacramento at 11:15 a.m. in the Governor's Cabinet Room in the State Capitol Building. "What", you ask,
"is going on here?" Well, because a majority of the city council - Mayor Allan Mansoor, Mayor Pro Tem Wendy Leece and Councilwoman Katrina Foley - will be present at the meeting with the governor, it is necessary for it to be an "official" council meeting or risk violation the Brown Act.

CONVINCING ARNOLD TO "JUST SAY NO SALE"
The purpose of this meeting, which will be attended by City Manager Allan Roeder too, is t
o try to convince the governor to cancel the sale of the Orange County Fair and Events Center, preferably before the bids are opened on January 14th. Our municipal team has approximately 30 minutes to convince the governor that virtually no one in Orange County want the Fairgrounds sold.

ANTICIPATING NEWS...
I don't know their plan, except that each of the council members will be participating. And, I don't expect to hear much until the next day, when the whole council convenes for it's regularly scheduled meeting on the 5th. If any of you loyal readers plan to attend Monday's
meeting in Sacramento, please give me a shout when it's over to let me know how things went.

TUESDAY'S MEETING SHOULD BE SHORT
The second meeting, on Tuesday, looks pretty tame and probably will last less than an hour - unless there is a lengthy report on the Monday meeting.

STARTING OFF WITH A BANG!

So, off we go into a new year with one of the biggest issues of the past decade staring us squarely in the face. Let's hope our elected leaders are up to the task of convincing the governor that selling the Fairgrounds is a bad idea. More news when it's available.

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